ANTHEM (3TV/CBS 5) – An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper used a PIT maneuver to end a chase on Interstate 17 north of Phoenix Thursday evening.
Arizona's Family followed the action on Arizona Department of Transportation freeway cameras. When we first heard about the incident, the suspect was speeding south on I-17 in the Anthem area.
DPS said troopers were responding to reports of an erratic driver when they encountered 37-year-old Ryan Begay, of Keams Canyon, behind the wheel of a gold four-door sedan that matched the vehicle description.
They attempted a traffic stop but Begay failed to yield, leading troopers on a pursuit.
Troopers were setting up spike strips to try and stop the vehicle when the situation took a turn.
Begay got off the freeway at Pioneer Road and then immediately got back on the freeway, this time going northbound on Interstate 17.
[RAW VIDEO: See the chase and how it ended]
Within moments, a DPS trooper used a PIT maneuver to stop Begay's vehicle.
The chase came to an end near Daisy Mountain Drive.
The car spun more than 180 degrees, careened into the median wall and then rolled backward across the freeway until it came to a stop in the breakdown lanes, its hood facing the DPS vehicles.
Other law enforcement vehicles pulled in to block Begay's avenue of escape.
Begay was taken into custody without further incident.
DPS said he showed signs of impairment. Following a DUI investigation, Begay was booked into Maricopa County Jail on charges of aggravated DUI and unlawful flight.
In a PIT maneuver -- pursuit intervention technique -- the pursuing vehicle forces the fleeing vehicle to spin out by bumping it from the side near a rear wheel. As the pursuer makes contact, the driver turns sharply into the target vehicle while accelerating.
That causes the driver of the fleeing vehicle to lose control and stop.
The move can be risky on a busy roadway. In Thursday's incident, there were no other vehicles near the fleeing car so there was little danger of anybody else getting hurt.